How to Treat a Diseased Tooth

Rapid advances in technology coupled with innovations to maximize patient comfort while minimizing anxiety, are two reasons why patients should consider root canal treatment if they are looking for a long-lasting, cost-effective solution to treat a diseased tooth. For patients who have a difficult time with dental phobia, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes, sedation dentistry provides an ideal way to deliver root canal treatment.

Why save the natural tooth?

There is nothing like your natural teeth—root canal treatment is an effective way to save a tooth in trouble. Extracting the tooth can allow adjacent teeth to shift and impair chewing. Replacing the tooth may involve implant surgery or dental procedures that require neighbouring healthy teeth to be removed. These options can involve significant time and financial cost to patients. Your endodontist is dedicated to providing you with the best means to remove pulpal disease so you can save your natural tooth.

What to expect after a root canal treatment?

Sedation dentistry allows a painless stress-free root canal treatment for patients. During the first few days following root canal, the tooth will often feel sensitive especially if infection was present before the procedure. Your endodontist will suggest over-the-counter medications and prescribe antibiotics, with painkillers as needed. Removing the pulp and slightly modifying the tooth during the root canal, means that it may feel different from a ‘living' tooth.

Is root canal treatment the best solution?

Your endodontist will provide an initial consultation to assess how the tooth might fare once treated, based on his/her evaluation of the tooth and the x-rays. In some cases, it may not be possible to save the tooth because of: inaccessible nerves; a severe fracture of the tooth; inadequate bone support; or insufficient remaining healthy tooth structure available for restoration.

While strides continue to be made to treat severely compromised teeth, root canals may not always be possible. However, the endodontist may suggest another treatment option to alleviate problem teeth endodontic surgery or extraction.